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July 22, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(4):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510040020008

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Pearson's for July presents the second article by Theodore Waters on "The Profession of Getting Hurt." Chiefly, this paper recounts the famous malingering cases of Jennie Freeman in 1894 and of Inga Hanson in 1904. Both were, in the main, Chicago cases, thus indicating (with the personal damage suits against the city detailed in June) the somewhat "bad eminence" achieved by Chicago in its attraction for the professional malingerers. The cases make interesting and enlightening reading, and it is an excellent thing to have such facts convincingly presented to lay readers. It is an important part of the welcome education of the public in matters medical and semi-medical that is now in progress. One or two points made by Waters are notable. "Paralysis as a fine art" has greatly developed in a decade and "prices have gone up. No self-respecting paralysis operative would now think of asking less than a

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